Oreos' surprise twist? As 'addictive' as cocaine, study finds
October 16th, 2013
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Anyone who's ever eaten an Oreo knows how difficult it can be to eat just one.

Scientists have long suspected that our brains crave junk food in the same way they crave other pleasurable substances, such as illegal drugs. Previous studies in rodents and in humans have shown the same area of the brain that lights up on scans when people use drugs, also shows increased activity when study participants consume, or even look at, high fat, high sugar foods like ice cream or bacon.

Some scientists believe certain foods trigger the brain to signal for more, similar to the way addictive drugs prompt cravings; if we don't fulfill the brain's request, the body could produce a physical response (like caffeine headaches) similar to withdrawal symptoms.

New research from undergraduate students at Connecticut College adds to the growing evidence suggesting that food can be addictive. The students were interested in understanding how the availability of junk food in low-income areas has contributed to America's obesity epidemic.

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  1. skalamoosh

    And combining it with the pre-use of marijuana, oreo's are selling like hotcakes in Colorado and Washington

    January 23, 2014 at 3:29 pm |
  2. zixiutang diet

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    October 28, 2013 at 2:38 am |
  3. Thinking things through

    I guess I am immune to cocaine. I find Oreos repulsive. Good to know.

    October 20, 2013 at 9:50 pm |
    • OE Member

      How can any normal cookie be "repulsive?" I'll go without before I'd eat an oatmeal scotchie but I certainly wouldn't call them "repulsive." What's your story?

      October 21, 2013 at 6:58 am |
    • skalamoosh

      Maybe you should just try cocaine once.

      January 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm |
  4. helenhchan

    Reblogged this on Dim Sum For Nomads and commented:
    Is it the Oreos specifically or just the sugar? Personally I find the perfect chocolate chip cookie just as addictive.

    October 17, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
    • Magnimus

      It's neither, it's the fact that they were stacked up against rice cakes. I would like to see a study that actually compares oreos, or any other cookie to cocaine. My money is on the cocaine.

      October 18, 2013 at 1:44 am |
      • helenhchan

        Rice cakes!? No wonder.

        October 21, 2013 at 6:45 pm |
  5. Hello, I'm Ed and I'm an Oreo Addict.

    First it was just one Oreo. Then the thrill faded and I needed more Oreos. I would wake up in the morning with empty bags of cookies in my bed that I didn't remember eating. Then I tried a double stuffed Oreo. It was like a new day when the thrill returned. This led to the ultra stuffed Oreos, then even that wasn't good enough. I would screw off the tops of two ultra stuffed cookies and stick the fillings on top of each other to make a double stuffed ultra Oreo. My wife and kids have left me but I still have my cookies.

    October 17, 2013 at 12:47 pm |
    • OA member

      Hello Ed.

      October 17, 2013 at 12:51 pm |
      • Hello, I'm Ed and I'm an Oreo Addict.

        ha!

        October 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm |
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